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Business conversions to employee ownership

One of the key points to consider in any conversion is if the original owner wishes to stay with the business or leave after selling to their employees. Below, we’ve curated case studies from employee ownership transitions from across the nation — both from our work and the work of others. Discover employee-owned businesses in your industry, explore our map by region and gain insight on best practices.

Case studies: Owner-Retires or Owner-Stays

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Interviews & stories

Toto’s Story

I’m Toto. I started working at Niles Pie in May 2015. I was hired to work at the farmers’ markets after my contract was over as a data analyst for the IRS. Now that I’m an owner, I’m looking at the job and business from a very different perspective. Read full story >>

Ren’s Story

I thought it was going to be really difficult to establish employee ownership, but Hilary and Patty really taught us so much through the whole process. They broke it down and showed us that it was up to us to decide what guidelines would work for us. Read full story >>

Prospera: Lupita’s Story

Lupita and her husband arrived in the US as newlyweds with the hope of a better life and dreams of building a home for their young family. Lupita began working at an orange packing facility, but the earnings were not stable and she wasn’t able to support her family. Read full story >>

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Big Timberworks

Bozeman, Montana
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Big Timberworks

435 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA

Centerpoint Counseling

Viroqua, Wisconsin
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Centerpoint Counseling

210 Airport Rd #103, Viroqua, WI 54665, USA

Island Employee Cooperative

Deer Isle, Stonington, Maine
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Island Employee Cooperative

1 Burnt Cove Rd, Stonington, ME 04681, USA

New Era Windows

New Era Windows

2600 W 35th St #127, Chicago, IL 60632, USA

Collective Copies

Northampton, Massachusetts
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Collective Copies

93 Main St #1, Florence, MA 01062, USA

Real Pickles

Real Pickles

311 Wells St, Greenfield, MA 01301, USA

Namaste Solar

Boulder, CO with additional regional locations in NY, CA and CO
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Namaste Solar

4571 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304, USA

Niles Pie

Niles Pie

32990 Alvarado-Niles Rd #960, Union City, CA 94587, USA

A Slice of New York

San Jose, CA with a 2nd location in Sunnyvale, CA
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A Slice of New York

3443 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95050, USA

Urban Ore

900 Murray St, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA

Select Machine

Select Machine

4125 Karg Industrial Pkwy, Kent, OH 44240, USA

Pattycake Bakery

Columbus, OH
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Pattycake Bakery

3009 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202, USA

A Yard and a Half Landscaping

Belmont, MA
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A Yard and a Half Landscaping

26 Thayer Rd, Belmont, MA 02478, USA

New School of Montpelier

Montpelier, VT
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New School of Montpelier

11 West St, Montpelier, VT 05602, USA

The Cheeseboard Collective

Berkeley, CA
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The Cheeseboard Collective

1512 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA

Prospera

Oakland, CA
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Prospera

1470 Fruitvale Ave #1, Oakland, CA 94601, USA

California Solar

Grass Valley, CA
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California Solar

149 E Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945, USA

Arbor Assays


Ann Arbor, MI
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Arbor Assays

1514 Eisenhower Pl, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA

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